Top Performers of the Week: Track Athletes Again Show Winning Spirit

By Danny Atkinson

Manchester High boys track and field won the Randy Smith Invitational at the school’s own track on Saturday, with multiple athletes winning events. A number of additional boys and girls athletes won events for area schools, helping them post strong finishes.

Israel Adesina, Jevin Frett, Michael Agyeman, Jared Heath and Philip Quayle each won events for Manchester. Adesina, a junior, won the 110 and 300 meter hurdles with times of 15.75 and 41.96. Frett, a sophomore, won the 400 meters with a time of 49.53. Agyeman, a senior, was champion in the triple jump with a leap of 45 feet and 4 inches. Fellow senior Heath won the javelin with a toss of 158-7. Finally, Quayle, also a senior, shared first place with Coventry’s Nicholas Pronovost in the high jump, as each jumped six feet.

South Windsor senior Michael Stoker ran a 9:54.77 to win the 3,200. Tolland junior Devin Shelton won the long jump with a mark of 22-6. RHAM senior Gordon Perrett traveled 12 feet to win the pole vault. Finally, East Catholic senior shot putter Nathan Procaccini made a throw of 47-9 and 1/2 to finish first. Glastonbury’s 4×800 relay team of senior Casey Farrell, junior Spencer LeClaire, junior Chris Reeves and senior Randy Neish ran a 7:59.26x to win the competition.

On the girls side, Tolland and Manchester finished second and third as both squads had multiple winners. Caitlin Swanson, AmyErin Zadroga, Taylor Hall and Jess Barry each won for Tolland. Swanson, a senior won the 3200 with a time of 10:58.55.  Zadroga, a junior captured the pole vault title with a leap of 10-7x. Hall, a senior, won the shot put with a toss of 37-4. Finally, Barry, a junior, finished first in the javelin with a mark of 105-1. Manchester juniors Morgan Smith and Elizabeth Lodge won events with Smith running a 48.09 to capture the 300 hurdles and Lodge taking the high jump with a leap of 5-4. In addition, its 4×100 relay team of junior Jennah Kellie, freshman Narionna Crosby, junior Begotty Laroche and senior Stephanie Sanchez winning in 48.97. South Windsor senior Kaitlin Bakas won both the 800 and 1,600 with times of 2:21.23 and 5:08.60. Glastonbury’s 4×800 quartet of sophomore Olivia Allen, senior Kristin Hughes, junior Morocca Wiley and senior Allison McArdle won in 9:26.76.

Softball

South Windsor senior pitcher Peyton Silverman had the most impressive week of any local hurler in recent memory, excelling in four different outings, all wins. Silverman threw her third no-hitter of the season Thursday in a 15-0 win against Fermi, striking out 18 hitters and allowing just two walks. Silverman began the week last Monday by striking out 14 in a 2-0 win against Rockville. Two days later, struck out 18 Simsbury batters. She ended the week by punching out 11 in an extra inning win against Maloney, also hitting an RBI single in the top of the eighth for the game’s only run. Fellow senior Alex Goslin was great against Simsbury and Fermi, going a combined 8-9 with nine runs scored in the contests.

Glastonbury freshman Olivia DiLauro had 3 runs batted in in road wins against both Farmington and Hall on Monday and Tuesday. Senior Morgan Rossi had two hits and 4 RBI in the first win, while junior Sara O’Connell smacked two doubles and drove in four the next day.

Suffield junior Kaylee Velasquez went 3-4 and recorded 6 RBI while also scoring six runs in Tuesday’s win against SMSA. The same day, Fermi sophomore Yvonne Girard went 4-5 with 4 RBI in a win at East Catholic and RHAM senior Jess Merry homered and had 3 RBI to lead the Sachems to a triumpth against Bloomfield. The day before, Tolland seniors Ashley Landolina and Amaria Sharon teamed up to help defeat Manchester, with Landolina going 4-5 and driving in three and Sharon earning the victory and adding 2 RBI. Rockville junior Morgan Bolduk struck out 10 and earned the victory in Wednesday’s 10 inning win at E.O. Smith.

Baseball

The Somers trio of junior Ryan Decker and seniors Anthony Barile and Ethan Spielman shined in Tuesday’s domination of HMTCA. Decker drove in six runs on three hits, while went 3-6 and scored five runs. Spielman earned the win and struck out nine batters. Two days later, senior Frank Rinaldi and freshman Brady Coleman were the standouts against Lyman Memorial, with Rinaldi driving in three and Coleman striking out seven on his way to the win.

East Catholic senior star Jimmy Titus tied the program’s career hit record in Wednesday’s win against East Hartford. Titus earned his 110th career hit on his way to three hits and two RBI. Junior Danny Glendon also had a great game, homering and finishing with three hits and two RBI. Junior pitcher Tyler Flanigan led the squad to a big road win at Fermi on Friday with a majestic performance, throwing a complete game shutout and striking out 10.

Rockville again received two great pitching performances on the week, this time from juniors John Ashmead and Shane Bogli. Ashmead earned a complete game win against South Windsor on Monday, striking out nine while allowing just four hits. Bogli improved on his teammate’s performance two days later against E.O. Smith, throwing a complete game shutout and striking out seven. Fermi senior Brian Cunningham and Enfield senior Sergio DeLeon were each dominant on the mound Tuesday in wins. Cunningham threw a complete game shutout at RHAM, striking out seven and holding the Sachems to just four hits. A few towns over, DeLeon was toying with Bolton, punching out 10 batters. He also drove in two runs. Glastonbury senior Ryan Bagdasarian hit a two run walk-off single against Berlin on Friday for an 8-7 win.

Girls Lacrosse 

Multiple girls had outstanding performances for Glastonbury in their wins against Farmington and at South Windsor on Tuesday and Thursday. Senior Maddie Norman again led the way for the Tomahawks, scoring five and then nine goals in the  contests. Juniors Julia Ostrowski and Catherine Guanci each scored four goals against Farmington. Senior Christina Rotondo and junior Kate Tashjian did the same at South Windsor.

East Catholic sophomore Alexa Weber scored a combined 13 goals in wins at Rockville and Northwest Catholic on Monday and Thursday, with senior teammate Marissa Bazzano scoring five goals of her own in the second victory. South Windsor senior Bridget Kelly had a trio of dominant games, scoring five goals in a win at Bacon Academy on Monday, four the next day in a second win against Simsbury, and five in Thursday’s loss to Glastonbury.

Boys Lacrosse 

Somers sophomore Dante Giachello ended his regular season with great games against Hall and Morgan on Monday and Wednesday, scoring four goals in both blowout wins. Junior teammate Christian Paley was also on fire against Hall, scoring six times. Glastonbury junior attackers Ronan Jacoby and Mike Hawkins keyed the Tomahawks attack in Monday’s win against Conard, scoring five and four goals respectively. Ellington senior Anthony Bocchino scored five goals in Thursday’s win at Valley Regional. East Catholic senior Owen Boggini led the Eagles to a win against Avon on Saturday, scoring four goals.

Volleyball

South Windsor seniors Justin Karim and Scott Stonoha led the Bobcats to sweeps of Fermi and Rockville on Wednesday and Thursday. Karim (outside hitter) had 10 kills and six digs at Fermi, while Stonoha (setter) recorded 39 assists against the Rams. Fermi senior Jared Cournoyer was all over the court in the loss, recording 14 kills and 7 digs. Glastonbury seniors Erich Roman and Connor Johnson both had strong performances on the week. Roman (outside hitter) smacked 16 kills in Monday’s sweep at Newington, while Johnson (libero) dover for 18 digs in Friday’s loss to Southington.

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